We don’t do comic reviews very often around here at White Hot Room. In fact, it’s been a year since I last wrote one for here. But every now and then, we just can’t help ourselves and have to hype a book for you guys. If you’re anything like us, then you’re anxiously counting down the days until Guardians of the Galaxy comes out. Good thing that The Legendary Star-Lord #1 by Sam Humphries with art by Paco Medina hits comic stores today.
It’s Peter Quill on his own with the rest of the Guardians… uhhh… elsewhere. But hey! That doesn’t mean things are every boring for the Legendary Star-Lord as he fights the Badoon to help save an orphanage and even manages to fit in some flirting with a certain intangibly powered lady of the X-men persuasion.
There’s a lot to love about this book. For starters, Paco Medina is on art. I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since his work on New X-men and if anything, he’s gotten even better while still maintaining all the stylistic elements that made it great almost a decade ago. Seeing a nice and diverse looking cast is definitely another bonus.
And then we have the writing. Sam Humphries has a real talent for bringing humor to a situation without taking anything away from how serious it might be. He has the same talent for bringing real distinct personality to the characters without forcing it. Peter Quill is definitely a good choice for a solo book with this creative team. Humphries also does a really good job in this issue with how he plays with tropes and expectations and then turns them on their side to keep you wondering what might happen next. All of this makes for a really enjoyable read that’s well worth the price of admission (so to speak). I’m excited to see where Humphries is planning to take this plotline especially given what happens on the very last page. *wink wink*
The Legendary Star-Lord #1 gets an endorsement from White Hot Room along with our recommendation that you go pick up a copy.
One year ago, something awesome happened: the first issue of Sam Humphries’ Uncanny X-Force was released. To say we instantly adored it, wouldn’t fully express how much we loved that first issue and every issue since. We had no idea how much we would end up looking forward to it each month when we put together that initial What Are You Wearing? post to coincide with the title’s launch. It’s become a book that we spend far too much time telling each other how perfect it is, and how we often feel like it was tailor made for us. From featuring one of the most diverse teams in comics (including our girl Betsy!), to storylines that cover basically every end of the spectrum, to delving into who the characters really were — we loved every last bit.
Because the comic gods have seen fit to rip this book from our grasp (yes, we’re being dramatic), we’re honouring its end in the only way we know how: by dedicating this entire week to all things Uncanny X-Force. So here’s to Psylocke and Storm and Puck and Spiral and Bishop and Demon Bear and Sam Humphries, all the artists and colorists, and the editorial staff who made this book a reality. Nothing will be able to replace you on our pull list every month.
Bria and Lin
|MONDAY||– [WAYW] It Was Your Heart On The Line — Psylocke|
|TUESDAY||– [INSPO] What Would Cluster Wear?|
|WEDNESDAY||– [INSPO] Style Like Fantomex|
|THURSDAY||– [INSPO] Fashion Finds — Ororo Munroe / Storm II|
|FRIDAY||– [WAYW] It Was You All Along — Betsy & Cluster|
What’s a girl to do when she adores the hell out of Psylocke’s new costume but she’s terrible at sewing spandex? Redesign it as a dress obviously.
Look, this is basically my love letter to Uncanny X-Force. And also a giant fistbump to Sam Humphries and Kris Anka for writing a kickass book and designing a kickass costume respectively. (My bad for misleading you about why I wanted to know what the leg shapes looked like, Anka, my bad.) I adore the hell out of Betsy’s new costume and I adore the hell out of this crazy book. It was either this or keyboard smashing incoherently. I swear I’ll get around to make the actual costume one day. Promise!
Just pretend that there’s a bottle of expensive French champagne in these photos as I toast the book and my darling Betsy.
There were some slight changes made when translating the dress from my original sketch to real life (due in part to a difficult pattern and an epic battle with a zipper where the zipper won) but I am mostly happy with how it turned out although I’ll probably do a second pass at it/fix some small issues when I’m not angry at the zipper.
Psylocke Dress: Designed and Sewn by Yours Truly
Black Heels: Ralph Lauren
Butterfly Earrings: Local boutique
Bracelet: Nine West
Wait, did you just say that you’re not reading Uncanny X-Force? Get thee to Comixology or a comic book store right now!
Have you checked out Sam Humphries and Ron Garney’s Uncanny X-Force #1 yet? No? I’m here to tell you that you absolutely should. After the amazing run that Rick Remender had with the first volume of this book, I didn’t think it would be possible for this relaunch to come even close to that level. Gosh is it wonderful to be wrong because this book is going to be a great read.
Before I even talk about the story, I have to discuss the artwork because this is a positively GORGEOUS book. I’ve been digging the costume designs by Kris Anka since day one and they have been translated beautifully to the page by Ron Garney’s pencils. I’m also enamoured with the colouring done by Marte Gracia and Israel Gonzalez. The palette they’ve worked with is stunning. I’d happily read a book with this artistic team up for ages.
Since we last saw Psylocke in the pages of Uncanny X-Force, she’s completely dropped off the face of the earth for six months only to finally reappear and figure out that teaching at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning really isn’t going to work out. (Seriously. It’s just not working out.) Logan suggests she takes some time off to clear her head and gives her a mission. Who better to go along then Storm? (Another X-man who really needs the time off to clear her head.) And, well, things go from there. I won’t spoil it for you.
This is a great first issue and definitely left me wanting more. (That last page… THAT LAST PAGE.) The premise of the first few issues has been introduced as have all of the team members, but exactly how this bunch are going to end up as a cohesive team will certainly be interesting to see as the book continues on. There’s nothing I love better than a team that’s filled with both people who are good friends and people who just do not get along at all, and this team looks like it’s going to have both.
I also think that this book has the potential to be readily accessible for readers who weren’t along for the first Uncanny X-Force ride. Humphries gives you most of the context that you need within the issue, and also introduces the characters to those who might not be familiar with them. It also looks like it’s not going to come with the insane levels of emotional baggage that its predecessor did, which definitely helps make it accessible to more readers.
Again, I can’t reiterate enough how gorgeous I thought the art for this issue is. This creative team just works so well together to produce a really nice first issue. This has the potential to be the “craziest X-Book ever” but also a pretty darn stellar one. I highly suggest you head over to your local comic store or to comixology and pick up the first issue and give it a try.
(You can also check out the fashionable Psylocke and Spiral outfits that Lin and I rocked earlier today in honour of the book’s release.)
In honour of Uncanny X-Force being relaunched today, we bring you a Psylocke and Spiral team-up! This is actually part of a What Are You Wearing miniseries we’re doing — Marvel NOW! is launching some books that we’re pretty darn psyched about, so we thought we’d honour their releases with outfits inspired by members of the team. (Check out our previous entry: Young Avengers!) As always, you’ll see our personal touches, i.e. Bria is a totally classy dame and Lin is just going to be this douchebag trainwreck. Enjoy.
Today: Uncanny X-Force by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney!
Bria: Let me count the ways in which this new Betsy costume thrilled me. The sounds of glee I made when I saw Kris Anka’s new design were numerous and also high pitched. My badass British Ninja finally has a costume that’s, y’know, suited for a ninja! It’s lovely and practical and I just want to hug it.
My fashionable interpretation, however, doesn’t go practical because hellooooo grey heels! I wanted to stick with the black and grey colour scheme and this Armani dress seems to have been waiting in my closet for such an occasion. From there, adding the purple headband and scarf as accents to mimic her hair and belt just seemed logical. What really made this work were the butterfly earrings I found in my jewelry box because BUTTERFLIES BY MY FACE just screams Psylocke like nothing else.
Lin: It says something when you have various buddies capslocking at you that not only has Spiral been added to the upcoming lineup of Uncanny X-Force, but that SHE STILL HAS FURRY BOOTS LOOK LOOK YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. Well, I definitely bat for TEAM NONE SECONDS when it comes to re: lady furry boots, so here I am, and here we are.
Inspo came from, well, “LA clubber drug dealer badass chick“? Can do. Studded thigh highs, punky belts, and X-harness accents, tap into her heavy metal armoury, while I took this outfit a little bit north with the furry hat to emulate white hair, and earmuffs-cum-headphones because this lady would drop a mean beat.
DJ SPIRAL. PLAY US OUT.